Can’t stand the winter cold? Then you’ll definitely enjoy watching these 10 snowmen get destroyed

Frosty takes a licking in this video series

Thrash Labs destroy snowman

Looks like somebody’s got Frosty issues.

Ashton Kutcher’s Thrash Lab, which has already produced some pretty bizarre web-based content ranging in subject matter from butchers to barbershops, came up with this hilarious clip in which a group of Thrash Labbers took a trip to Tahoe and filmed “10 Epic Ways to Destroy a Snowman.”

All of the destruction is captured in slow-motion on a Phantom Miro M320S High-Speed Digital Camera, so not only are these 10 acts hilarious in their approach, they’re also pretty damn cool looking to watch:

Hi-tech performance goggles allows action sport athletes to film from their POV

Very cool, very durable goggles for those who like to film extreme sports

Get ready to get your jaw dropped. This here fancy item is a new pair of extreme sport goggles called Zeal iON from Colorado-based Zeal Optics and they’re hitting the shelves just in time for the upcoming ski and snowboard season.

Zeal iON goggles

The goggles not only look bad-ass, they allow the wearer to film 1080p x 720p video using its built-in HD camera which oh-by-the-way includes a 170-degree wide-angle lens located right smack in between the eyes.

Zeal iON goggles camera

The Zeal iON camera automatically adjusts to light levels and has infinity focus to allow the wearer to easily record 8 megapixel HD photos. Functionality is easy, too, as controls can be adjusted without having to take off one’s gloves, thanks to the ingenious idea of putting the buttons on the side.

Zeal iON goggles control panel

The camera has a simple to figure out playback mode, making it quick and easy to replay footage, set up sequence shots, or record some timelapse photos. Also, as with every new piece of technology hitting the shelves nowadays, there’s a social media component built in, so the wearer can share video and photo right from the goggles to sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more.

As for actual functionality—you know, whether or not you can see through them—the goggles include high-density, anti-fog UV optics, all of which are encased in an impact-resistant frame with dual-strap adjustments. The Zeal iON includes a rechargeable lithium-ion battery with three-hour run time.

Close-up of Zeal iON goggles

All of it can be yours for the put-your-hands-in the-air-this-is-a-stick-up price of $399.

Simplify your riding with this chain-free bike

Bicymple knows how to keep things EZ-breezy

This here contraption is design studio Scalyfish Designs’ awesome concept—the bicymple.

Bicymple bike

It’s a chain-free approach to the standard bike that’s simple yet still functional, and allows for rear-steering for tight turns and “crab riding.”

Crab riding on bicymple

Riding on bicymple

Since the chain’s gone, the number of moving parts is significantly reduced. A direct-drive, freewheeling hub is attached to the crank arm axis with the rear-wheel axis. This, as you can see, shortens the wheelbase and minimizes the overall design (though I would add a Boombotix portable boombox – or two – to the handlebar to complete the awesome look). It also makes the thing lightweight and pretty damn stylish looking if I do say so myself (certainly better than the Fliz bike we wrote about earlier in the month).

Bicymple photo

Video of the Bicymple after the jump.

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Amazing Story: Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen to race 3 months after horrific crash

Following incredible recovery, Finish driver is back behind the wheel

Tomas Heikkinen crash

Let me be honest here: if I suffered the injuries that Global RallyCross driver Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen suffered three months ago, the last thing I’d be doing right now is getting back behind the wheel and getting ready for an upcoming race.

Here are some of the highlights:

Shattered left ankle—in 15 different places
Internal injuries
Damaged urethra
Plenty of other minor cuts, stitches, bumps, and bruises.

The banged-up dude had surgery to insert a plate and seven pins to get his ankle to heal properly during a five-day stay in an LA hospital. When he was let out, he returned to his home in Joensuu, Finland, where he continued his recovery.

Heikkinen had the cast removed August 6, his boot off in mid-August and he started walking on his foot Sept. 3 (three weeks ago!) He began physical therapy the same week.

Just to re-cap as to what caused all of this, the 21-year-old driver crashed during a RallyCross practice for the X-games Los Angeles event when he tried to clear a 50-foot-gap but instead went headfirst into a metal jump ramp. Here’s video of the incident and a warning – if you don’t like seeing people crash headfirst into things, especially at high rates of speed, then you might want to skip this video.

If not, check it:

http://youtu.be/rmBysnF2vX8

Pretty gnarly stuff, right? Well that was three months ago and now Heikkinen is getting ready to race again.

“There is no question — I plan to post the fastest time and take home the win,” Heikkinen said in a release. “The crash was a minor setback, but I’m fully recovered now, and thanks to the support of my team at OMSE [Olsbergs Motor Sport Evolution] and my sponsor, Bluebeam Software, I am ready to get back on the track and show what this new car can do.”

Now, given that he totaled his last car, he’s going to have to race a new one. This time around he’ll be behind the wheel of a new 2012 OMSE Ford Fiesta:

Topi Heikkinen 2012 Ford Fiesta

It features a 600-horsepower Ford Duratech 2.0 liter engine with Garrett Turbo that will deliver 650 foot-pounds of torque at the wheels and is capable of going 0-60 in less than two seconds.

Heikkinen is scheduled to practice the new car Tuesday and Wednesday and if all goes well (knock on wood), he’ll race this Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

From the makers of the best portable speaker in the world to the craziest mo-fo rallycross driver on the circuit, best of luck man. Best of luck.

Beastie Boys to Monster Energy Drink: Quit Stealing Our Music!

Group files suit against energy drink maker over illegal use of their music

Beastie Boys

NO SLEEP TILL . . . the bank?

If all goes accordingly, it appears this may very well be the case for the Beastie Boys.

Reps for the New York-based rap trio have filed a suit against energy drink giant, Monster, alleging that “Monster, without plaintiffs’ consent, synchronized and recorded (Beastie Boys music) with visual and other material in the creation of promotional video . . . for Monster products.”

Thumbing through the fine print, the suit specifically refers to unlicensed Beastie Boys material in a clip for Monster’s “Ruckus in the Rockies 2012” snowboarding event held this past May. Also at issue is a Monster promo which included a link to a downloadable free MP3 that contained 23 minutes of music filled with some of the group’s most popular songs.

Now this may be slightly confusing for anyone involved in action sports whose seen videos with a Beastie Boy song or two in the background — that’s actually okay to do by Mike D, Ad-Rock, and the late, great Mr. MCA.

You see, the group has established a sharp distinction between the promotional and artistic use of their music. Skaters, bikers, and boarders have the right to use the music in personal “home-movie” videos to showcase their skills. Using the Beastie Boys’ songs specifically for advertisements, however, is a big no-no.

Especially when it’s without the group’s permission.

As a matter of fact, late Beastie Boys member Adam “MCA” Yauch, who passed away of cancer this past May, actually addressed this issue in his will, stating “in no event may my image or name or any music or any artistic property created by me be used for advertising purposes.”

Sounds pretty clear to the folks here at the world’s best portable mini speaker. Guess it was kind of confusing to the brains in charge at Monster.

Breaking it all down, in their case again Monster, Michael “Mike D” Diamond, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, and Dechen Yauch (executor of the estate of Adam “MCA” Yauch) are together seeking “no less than $150,000” for each infringement Monster conducted, among other damages.

That’s a lot of Red Bull, but hey, I guess sometimes you just need to fight for your right to protect your $hit.